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11 Exporters and Two Partners Receive Governor’s Exports Award PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Wednesday, 10 March 2021 12:43
Governor Roy Cooper announced 13 winners of the 2020 Governor’s Export Awards, ranging from a small wooden-boat builder in southeast North Carolina to one of the largest pharmaceutical manufacturers in the world.
“These diverse companies raise the profile of North Carolina-made products around the world, promoting excellence in goods and services made possible by the exceptional workforce in our state. Today, we honor these companies for the way their exports promote the North Carolina economy, their grit during tough economic times and the more than 412,000 jobs they support state-wide,” said Governor Cooper. 
Each of the manufacturers being recognized has turned to the state for help increasing its international sales. These free services are delivered through the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC), which selects award winners from the more than 600 companies its international trade team supports each year.
 The 2020 Governor’s Export Award winners are:
Advanced Superabrasives Inc. in Madison County
C.R. Onsrud Inc. in Iredell County
Budsin Electric Boats in Carteret County
Nester Hosiery in Surry County
Latitude Aero in Guilford County
Grady-White Boats in Pitt County
Novo Nordisk in Johnston County
Glen Raven Inc. in Alamance County
Nufabrx in Catawba County
Redeye Worldwide in Orange County
Tactical Support Equipment in Cumberland County
DGL Logistics in Mecklenburg County
Sharyn Koenig of the Export-Import Bank of the United States
“We assist manufacturers with everything from export-education seminars and foreign market intelligence to trade show support and introductions to international distributors,” said John Loyack, EDPNC Vice President for Global Business Services.
“And since the pandemic shut down international travel and in-person trade events, we’re helping more exporters pivot to doing business virtually,” Loyack added. “That includes leveraging grants that help manufacturers pay for exhibiting in online trade shows, or for translation and search-engine optimization of their website in other countries.”
More information on the 2020 award categories and recipients:
Governor’s Award of Excellence ― Advanced Superabrasives Inc. (ASI) in Mars Hill. This award recognizes ASI for its contributions to increasing North Carolina exports. Jonathan Szucs is president of the 40-employee company that makes high-performance, customized grinding wheels sold in the U.S. and 28 other countries.
Szucs, who is vice chairman of the board of the National Association of District Export Councils, previously tapped many EDPNC trade services, including a program that offset the cost of localizing ASI’s website in Canada and Mexico in 2020. “ASI globalizing its website has allowed our exports to grow in our two largest export markets,” Szucs said.
Top Small Business Exporters ― Tactical Support Equipment in Fayetteville and C.R. Onsrud Inc. in Troutman. Tactical Support Equipment provides reconnaissance, surveillance and radio communications equipment for use in military, law enforcement and Homeland Security operations. The company currently exports to Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and countries in Europe and Central America. “As a small defense contractor our main focus had been the domestic U.S. market for many years with very limited international exposure,” said company President Carl Beene. “With EDPNC’s help and guidance, we have penetrated foreign markets we once thought were out of reach.”
C.R. Onsrud Inc. produces customized CNC routers, high-speed cutting machines tailor-made to a manufacturer’s specific needs. The family-owned company, which is more than 100 years old, serves diverse industries ranging from furniture-making to aerospace and automotive, and has exported to Canadian, Mexican, and European markets.
Top Rural Exporters ― Budsin Electric Boats in Marshallberg and Nester Hosiery in Mount Airy. Budsin Electric Boats has been making electric-powered wooden boats inspired by early 1900s vessels since 1987. Budsin exports its small boats, primarily made of Atlantic mahogany and cedar, to Canada, Mexico, and Europe and is in the process of globalizing its website in the Netherlands, Mexico, Italy and Sweden through the EDPNC.
Nester Hosiery manufactures innovative merino wool socks for mountaineers, firefighters, military personnel, athletes and others wanting high performance. Its Farm to Feet brand made in Mount Airy exclusively uses U.S.-sourced materials. The company has consulted with EDPNC overseas trade offices and used EDPNC-administered federal grants to help pay for trade show participation in Germany.
Top Global Reach Exporters ― Latitude Aero in Greensboro and Grady-White Boats in Greenville. Latitude Aero overhauls commercial aircraft seating with services that include cleaning, refurbishing, and integrating in-seat entertainment and power systems. EDPNC has helped the company participate in a Turkey trade mission and exhibit in targeted trade shows in Mexico, United Arab Emirates, England, Germany, and the Netherlands.
Grady-White Boats manufacturers luxury fiberglass sport fishing and family fishing boats known for their innovative design. Among other support, the EDPNC has helped the company access federal grants to exhibit at trade shows in Australia, Croatia, and Panama.
Top Large Business Exporters ― Novo Nordisk in Clayton and Glen Raven Inc. in Glen Raven. Denmark-based Novo Nordisk established its first U.S. manufacturing facility for diabetes and obesity medicines in Clayton in 1993. The facility has since expanded to meet growing domestic and global demand. Its growth in Clayton includes investing $1.8 billion in a new active pharmaceutical ingredient production facility. Novo Nordisk employs more than 1,200 people in Johnston County.
Founded in 1880, Glen Raven is a global provider of performance fabrics with sales in more than 120 countries. Its brands, which include well-known Sunbrella, serve markets such as upholstery, marine, shading, automotive, military, and protective work wear. The company has exhibited with the EDPNC in Mexico, the United Arab Emirates, and other locations.
Export Innovation Award ― Nufabrx in Conover. Nufabrx uses a patented technology to embed active ingredients and medications into fabrics for socks, compression sleeves, workout clothing and gloves that allows controlled release of pain-easing treatments. When the coronavirus hit, the company also began producing a reusable antimicrobial, copper-infused face mask. Over the past two years, Nufabrx has exhibited in EDPNC-funded booths at trade shows in the United Arab Emirates and Chile.
E-Commerce Award ― Redeye Worldwide in Hillsborough. Redeye is a distribution and music services company that connects independent artists and labels to an expanding global marketplace through sales and marketing expertise. Its innovative use of e-commerce has extended its reach to markets all over the world.
Export Service Provider of the Year ― DGL Logistics in Cornelius. DGL Logistics offers companies express delivery services to and from more than 225 countries and territories. The company has participated in EDPNC export education events that have enhanced its service to clients.
Export Partner of the Year – Sharyn Koenig of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM). This award is presented posthumously to Koenig, managing director for the Eastern and Western regions of EXIM who passed away in January. EXIM equips U.S exporters and their customers with buyer financing, export credit insurance, and access to working capital. Koenig worked with the state and its exporters for many years. Moving forward, this award will be named in her honor.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 March 2021 12:46
Cooper Proposes $695 Million State COVID-19 Relief Budget PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Wednesday, 10 March 2021 11:37
Governor Roy Cooper outlined a plan for allocating federal COVID-19 relief funds for immediate needs and investing state resources to help North Carolina communities build back as the state turns the corner on the pandemic. 
“North Carolinians have stood strong during this pandemic and we are ready to move our state forward. The past year has tested all of us but we must work together on a focused, responsible plan to help families and businesses survive and grow strong while we bolster our economy and health care system and make sure students and teachers are in classrooms ready to learn. We can emerge from these challenging times stronger than ever,” said Governor Cooper.
The Governor’s early plan calls for investing federal stimulus funds along with some state resources for immediate critical needs. Governor Cooper’s plan would invest the state’s share of the federal Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 which was signed into law Dec. 27. The federal appropriation totaled more than $4 billion for North Carolina. A fuller proposed biennial budget will be presented later in the legislative session.
The new federal funding is strictly proscribed, and with General Assembly appropriation will provide vital COVID relief such as vaccines, more supplies to slow the virus spread, help for rent and utility bills, and more funding to put food on the table. Federal funds will address:
Approximately $2 billion for emergency assistance for public and private K-12 schools and higher education institutions.
$336 million for childcare and development block grants.
Approximately $700 million for access to vaccines and testing, tracing and prevention measures to slow the spread of the virus.
$546 million for emergency rental assistance, which will build on North Carolina’s current work. While this is the first dedicated federal funding for rental assistance, North Carolina recognized the extraordinary need to help people stay in their homes during the pandemic and created the HOPE program to pay back rent and utilities using last year’s CRF funds.
$258 million for Highway Infrastructure and $65 million for airports.
$47 million for Community Mental Health Services.
Funding for food assistance programs, such as SNAP and school nutrition.
In addition to the federal allocation plan, the Governor recommends investing $695 million from the state’s General Fund to address other immediate needs.
Despite the pandemic, North Carolina’s budget availability remains strong, with more than $4 billion in unreserved cash in the General Fund. Among the needs facing North Carolina businesses and people, the Governor recommends addressing:
$50 million for continued hazard duty pay for state employees on the frontlines of COVID-19, especially law enforcement and corrections personnel who face COVID-19 every day.
$64.5 million for the replenishment of the North Carolina State Health Plan, which has incurred costs responding to COVID-19.
$468 million for bonuses for educators and school personnel in public K-12 schools, community colleges and the university system. Educators have stepped up in extraordinary ways during the pandemic but were not a part of the raises approved in the last biennium for state employees. 
$30 million to extend high-speed internet to all corners of the state and other urgent connectivity initiatives, such as IT infrastructure, security for community colleges and enhancement of 35,000 hotspots used for education.
$37 million to support small businesses that have suffered during the pandemic and often don’t have large cash reserves, including small business counselling, marketing for tourism and hospitality, ReTOOLNC program for historically underutilized businesses (HUBs), and the business loan program at Golden L.E.A.F.
Expansion of state unemployment benefits, which are still among the lowest in the country. Despite the pandemic forcing thousands of people to lose their jobs – particularly in the restaurant and service industries - North Carolina’s Unemployment Trust Fund remains healthy, with a balance of more than $2.59 billion. North Carolina should increase the maximum duration of benefits to 26 weeks and increase the maximum benefit from $350 to $500 per week. 
“I appreciate the work of legislators to quickly pass vital relief as the state responded to the pandemic last year and I believe we can work together to get the job done again. Our communities and people face serious challenges and we must come together to identify areas of common ground and help our people beat the pandemic and thrive once again,” said Governor Cooper.
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North Carolina Surpasses 10,000 COVID 19 Deaths PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Wednesday, 10 February 2021 08:48
North Carolina has reached a sobering milestone in the COVID-19 pandemic — more than 10,000 North Carolinians have died from the virus. The state also surpassed 800,000 total cases today. 
"Together we grieve with the family and friends of the North Carolinians who have lost their lives to this terrible pandemic," said NCDHHS Secretary Mandy K. Cohen, M.D. "Each one of these numbers represents a daughter or son, a parent or grandparent, a neighbor or friend — people who are deeply loved and who were part of the fabric of our community"   
Both CDC and NCDHHS guidelines say everyone should keep wearing a mask, waiting at least 6 feet apart and washing hands often to help slow the spread of COVID-19. 
"We are still seeing very high levels of spread across North Carolina," Secretary Cohen said. “Our most powerful tools to help protect ourselves and our loved ones are to practice the 3Ws and get vaccinated when it’s your turn."
North Carolina’s goal is to vaccinate as many people as quickly and equitably as possible. As of today, North Carolina has administered more than 1.4 million doses of the vaccine. Over 100% of first doses received by the federal government for NC providers have been administered, as well as 50% of second doses. Last week, NCDHHS added county demographic data for COVID-19 vaccinations to the vaccine data dashboard.
Vaccine supply is limited; therefore, states must vaccinate people in groups. North Carolina is currently vaccinating people in Groups 1 and 2, which include health care workers, long-term care staff and residents, and people 65 and older. Group 3 will include frontline essential workers; Group 4 will include adults at high risk for exposure and increased risk of severe illness; and Group 5 will include everyone. 
Detailed information about each vaccine group is online at (English) or (Spanish).
Recently, NCDHHS launched a new online tool to help North Carolinians know when they are eligible to get their vaccine. Find My Vaccine Group walks users through a series of questions to determine which vaccine group they are in. People can then sign up to be notified when their group can get vaccinated.
Gov. Pat McCrory's Public Schedule For Thursday, October 30, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Thursday, 30 October 2014 04:59

RALEIGH, ( - Following is Gov. Pat McCrory's public schedule for Thursday, October 30, 2014, as released by his office.

8:15 a.m.
N.C. CEO Forum
North Ridge Country Club
6612 Falls of Neuse Road

OPEN to credentialed press only.

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 October 2014 05:04

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